Friday, November 8, 2019

Koch Network, Charlie Baker and Transportation

Koch Network, Charlie Baker and Transportation
  1. Charlie Baker was one of the founders of the Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based libertarian think tank
  2. Pioneer Institute Lies about MBTA. Transportation Union objects
  3. The Politically-Driven, Koch-Backed Campaign to Undermine Boston Transit Baker inflates absenteeism. 
  4. How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country "Americans for Prosperity (AFP), which is financed by the oil billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch .. ". They use a ..."data service built by the Kochs, called i360, that helps them identify and rally voters ..".  "Early polling ...suggested that the $5.4 billion transit plan would easily pass." In a few months AFP had defeated the plan. The Koch conglomerate is a large producer of gasoline and asphalt. They are pushing driverless vehicles, claiming they give Americans the freedom they want.
  5. The Koch brothers hate public transit. But they can’t always stop projects in their tracks The Koch network focuses on conservative cities.
  6. Uber and the Koch unite in their animosity towards Mass Transit. "rideshare corporations and oil tycoons share a financial interest in a car-centric future". "Uber, together with its main competitor Lyft, boasted more lobbyists in 2016 than Amazon, Microsoft and Walmart combined". 
  7. Kochs Mobilize to Kill Public Transit Plans "Americans for Prosperity counters that public transit plans waste taxpayer money on unpopular, outdated technology like trains and buses just as the world is moving toward cleaner, driverless vehicles." Americans for Prosperity is a Koch Network  "propaganda" machine.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Environmental Governor Needed!

Environmental Governor Needed! Your help is vital!

gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K [CC BY 2.0]

Social Animals, like the dark, go where other cockroaches are, consume and multiply.

Putting an environmentalist in the governor's office will help us achieve 350's goals. Governor Baker is a barrier to progress. Being apolitical is often associated with environmentalist. I believe big money has been used to manipulate would be environmental activists to be politically passive. Environmentalists must get involved with political activities if they are going to save the planet. We are in the 11th hour. Loss of the Amazon represents 30% or our oxygen production. Unions are powerful political players. We need to emulate them.

Our Republican governor is more popular with Democrats. Wait, what?

"Still, it’s notable that Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican seeking a second term in November, had a higher job approval rating with independents and Democrats, 76 percent and 71 percent, respectively, than he did with Republicans, 59 percent of whom gave him high marks in a recent poll from Suffolk University and The Boston Globe."

"This matters given that a Morning Consult poll last month found Massachusetts to be the most anti-Trump state in the nation." " Massachusetts likely voters surveyed said Baker is anti-Trump,"

There is a nagging feeling that Governor Baker is not on our side. Why is that? It helps to understand Baker's connection to the Koch Network.

I first got interested in the Koch network after reading "Democracy in Chains" by by Nancy MacLean. I helped a friend, Frank Kashner, set up: The site shows 85 Koch organizations. Climate change denial is an important activity for the Kochs.

Charlie Baker on Wikipedia. "In the late 1980s, Baker was hired as co director of the newly founded "Pioneer Institute", part of the State Policy Network.

EXPOSED: The State Policy Network  The Powerful Right-Wing Network Helping to Hijack State Politics and Government

Exposed How Rights State Based Think Tanks Are Transforming Us Politics

Affiliate: Pioneer Institute, Massachusetts, 185 Devonshire Street Unit 1101 Boston, MA 02110 Phone: 6177232277. Contact: Micaela Dawson

What does the Koch Network want? David Koch ran for president in 1980 as a Libertarian. This was his platform: End all of the following:
Aid to the poor
All Taxation
Department of Energy
Department of Transportation
Medical insurance regulation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Election Commission
Food and Drug Administration
Medicare and Medicaid
Minimum Wage Laws
Public highways and railroads and waterways
Public Schools
Social Security
Support for Abortion Services
US Postal Service

But they are keeping the police and prisons! They believe in meritocracy, except when it applies to their relatives and friends. No estate tax for them.

Baker made secret trip to conservative meeting. By Jim O’Sullivan Globe Staff,March 16, 2016, 6:53 p.m. Baker’s trip took him to Sea Island, home to posh resorts, for the so-called World Forum, an elite, off-the-record gathering of right-leaning power brokers hosted by the American Enterprise InstituteThe American Enterprise Institute's head of energy studies, Benjamin Zycher, has suggested there is doubt about man-made climate change[5]
“The issue of the climate sensitivity of the atmosphere to increasing GHG concentrations is nowhere near resolution.”  ref:
The Politically-Driven, Koch-Backed Campaign to Undermine Boston Transit"MBTA has its flaws, the charges against it don’t stem from a good government campaign so much as an ideologically-driven assault, filled with exaggerations and lies and backed by groups affiliated with the Koch brothers" Massachusetts, The Right-Wing’s Blue State Game Plan

Baker Keeps a low profile How two Republican governors in bright blue states will survive the blue wave

THREAT TO PUBLIC EDUCATIONNOW CENTERSON MASSACHUSETTS "Governor Charlie Baker has made charter expansion a top priority, mirroring his privatization efforts involving transportation and other public services. Baker vows to hold the line on taxes despite the myriad unmet needs that persist year after year for our public schools, colleges and universities, as well as for early childhood education. Make no mistake: The governor remains faithful to a hard-line conservative ideology even as he puts forth a moderate front."

Income Inequality
desmog database of deniers

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Seniors Face Big Decisions by Steven A. Levy

High School seniors who are barely adults have to make some serious financial decisions. College degrees do not guarantee a happy financial future. These decisions can burden young people with a mountain of debt. There are many forces at work urging students to make decisions that will limit their life options. Things like owning a home, getting married and having children become hard when all your spare money is used to pay school loans.

When I entered senior year in 1964, life in some ways was simpler. There was the Draft. But, compared to what students face today it was easy. Out of 450 graduates in my high school class, only about 50 went to college. Many of my friends went to work for Automotive. They would say to me "Why work so hard to get a degree in engineering. We will make more assembling cars." Things have changed. Many of those jobs no longer exist. Automation has eliminated them. Automation will eliminate more good jobs in the future.

What you do and where you live is important. If you want to maintain suburban homes, the Northshore, might be good. If you want to be a TV producer, NYC would be a better choice. Housing is more expensive than it was in the middle of the 20th century. What you do and what you can afford becomes a challenging two sided question. A four year degree might not be necessary to get your first good job. It is possible to finish in night school while you work. Living at home may sound awful, but think how you will feel paying for your "exciting college years" for decades after you graduate.

Education can be very helpful. It does not guarantee success. Before making life altering financial commitments, think it over. Get some advice from people who have made both good and bad financial decisions. Everyone likes a good listener.

Steven A. Levy; (781) 771-2779;, 26 Sagamore Road, Marblehead, MA. 
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